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HR Tip of the Week

HR Tip of the Week

Gossip in the Workplace

Are you facing an issue with gossip in your workplace? How is it handled?

In a workplace with many employees, casual gossip is bound to occur. Workplace gossip among co-workers can lead to disruptions, increased tension or hostility, and decreased productivity.

While employers cannot realistically put an end to workplace gossip, there are a few measures one can take to improve workplace communication. Employers can educate their employees of the potential damage and cost of workplace gossip for the company, clearly inform employees that personal gossip will not be tolerated, and confront those repeatedly partaking in the gossip. Employers can also attempt to prevent gossip from occurring by providing challenging, meaningful work, so employees have less time to gossip. For more on handling workplace gossip, click here.

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